Here are some helpful area by area, room by room tips to get homesellers started on decluttering:
1. Your shoe cabinets may already be overspilling with shoes. Throw out any smelly disintegrating footwear and box away infrequently worn shoes into your store or utility room.
Living & Dining Room
2. Make the living feel more spacious by removing excess old or oversized furniture. For Singapore HDB dwellers, you'll be glad that your friendly Town Council my offer Bulky Household Furniture Removal Service on a goodwill basis for FREE. If they are still in good condition, they can even be sold on Carousell, freecycled, donated, or put into self-storage facilities while your house is on the market.
3. Depersonalise: While personal photos on display have sentimental value as a reminder of your wedding or kids' milestones growing up, it is best to take them down so that prospective buyers can visualise the home as “theirs”, not "yours".
4. Infrequently used kitchen gadgets, appliances, utensils and cutlery can be stowed away inside the cabinets and drawers so that your kitchen countertops look neat and tidy.
5. The surface of your fridge is often stuck with magnets, children's artwork, supermarket discount vouchers making it unsightly. Remove these knick-knacks as well.
6. As Work From Home is the new norm in Singapore, paperwork and documents inevitably may already be flying all over your study. If seeing them makes you stressed, home viewers will feel the same too. There's no better time to go paperless and file these away as much as possible. For electronics and entertainment devices, tie up any messy loose wiring and cables, and your chargers organised to neaten the space.
7. Unfolded laundry, clothes and fashion accessories hanging randomly everywhere behind doors and stands may suggest insufficient storage space. Especially with built-ins such as wardrobes, buyers may even open up cabinet doors for a peek. If these are bursting, you might as well take the plunge and dedicate some time to sort through your clothing to decide what to throw, donate, sell, or keep. Keep only what you love and wear to bring over to your next home.
8. To save valuable wardrobe space, vacuum bags can be used to compress bulky outerwear from your last winter holiday to tuck and hide them neatly in storage boxes under your bed.
9. Get your kids involved to get rid of toys they have outgrown or no longer play with. Use nice storage baskets so that your children can easily stow away toys that are kept.
10. If you intend to have another child, big bulky items such as cots, playpens can be dismantled and stored in your store or other temporary storage facilities.
11. Throw away toiletries and cosmetics that are past expiry dates. Instead of having bottles of lotions, and shampoos lying around and cluttering your vanity top, put them onto proper bathroom racks and inside vanity cabinets.